Customs Treaty in Effect in Guatemala

With the publication in the official newspaper the Framework Convention for the Establishment of the Customs Union is now in effect.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


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The agreement was approved by Congress on September 9th, 2010.

Deputy Economy Minister for Foreign Trade and Integration, Raul Trejo, told Sigloxxi.com, "We are legally fulfilling a commitment made by all countries in the region” explaining that it has been ratified by almost all nations with a pending process in Costa Rica."

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Although it is an issue that should be part of national policies and not dependent on political parties, the Honduran Congress thinks it is better to wait until the new government assumes power in Guatemala before ratifying the customs union agreement.

Arguing that an agreement that was signed by a government whose president is facing a corruption trial can not be ratified, Honduran deputies believe it is necessary to wait until a new government assumes power before reviewing the terms of the agreement.

Central America and the Customs Union

November 2011

The region's federation of chambers of commerce (Fecamco in Spanish) encourages governments to keep pushing for customs union.

A Fecamco press release states that in meetings held between October 31st and November 1st discussions centered on Central America's political and economic situation that led to a renewed call to the region's governments to consider important topics.

Guatemala Ratifies Customs Union

October 2010

With the publication in the official newspaper, Guatemala complies with the legal framework to implement the customs union.

Raul Trejo Esquivel, Deputy Minister of Economy, referring to such ratification, stated "is the legal basis to remove all restrictions on regional trade and strengthens the union process."

Guatemala and El Salvador Analyze Customs Union

March 2010

Representatives from both countries’ economy ministries are discussing health measures and commercial aspects.

Mario Hernández, Salvadoran Trade Minister agrees with his Guatemalan counterpart, Raúl Trejo, in that this will be a long and complex process. They expect to lay the foundations of this initiative within six months.

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